The Memorial Day holiday was originally dedicated to remembering the fallen dead of the American Civil War. Then as the years went on, and America became involved in further and greater wars, in which many more young men gave their lives, the holiday was further expanded to memorialize the dead of all war. And sadly, the dead shall continue to be multiplied, as in recent years America has entered into everlasting and unending war.
In light of the unending war we as a nation have entered into, I want to take a moment not to remember the great number of dead who have given their lives for our nation. Rather, I want to take a moment to remember a prophetic promise and the Messianic hope that many have long forgotten.
And He will judge between the nations, And will render decisions for many peoples; And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war. – (Isaiah 2:4 NASB)
What an amazing promise to read. But my question to you is do you have the faith to believe it? And having the faith to believe it, are you looking to participate in this great hope? Whether for “just” or unjust reasons, there is a natural bent mankind and the nations have to propagate war. It is something our political leaders are well versed in, even in “Christian” America. But here we read there is nothing Christian about war. Jesus never once taught His disciples how to fight in a war– not even a just one. And if America were truly the Christian nation we claim it to be, we would have never taken up the sword against King George in England, nor would we have ever dropped the atomic bomb three times on Japan. Why? Because Jesus has never taught us to do such things.
Indeed, I would be so bold to say that if you have learned war it is because you have been a disciple of somebody other than Jesus Christ.
The only reason the nations wage war against one another, be it for just or unjust reasons, is because they have yet to submit themselves to the rule and reign of the Messiah, who teaches men to beat the instruments of their warfare into tools for harvest. If nations would be taught of Him, they would stop spending hundreds of billions of dollars a year on national defense. If nations would be taught of Him, they would not have to secure their borders. If nations would be taught of Him, they would not have to destroy those upon the “Axis of Evil” to experience liberty. If men would be taught of Him, they would know nothing of the fear that leads one man to slaughter another.
Instead of war, we would know the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. But because we do not know that peace, and have forgotten this great Messianic promise and hope, we learn war.